arpent

[ahr-puhnt; French ar-pahn]
noun, plural arpents [ahr-puhnts; French ar-pahn] .
an old French unit of area equal to about one acre (0.4 hectare). It is still used in the province of Quebec and in parts of Louisiana.

Origin:
1570–80; < Middle French < Latin arepennis half-acre < Gaulish; akin to MIr airchenn unit of area

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arpent (ˈɑːpənt, French arpɑ̃)
 
n
1.  a former French unit of length equal to 190 feet (approximately 58 metres)
2.  an old French unit of land area equal to about one acre: still used in Quebec and Louisiana
 
[C16: from Old French, probably from Late Latin arepennis half an acre, of Gaulish origin; related to Middle Irish airchenn unit of land measure]

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The arpent is a unit of area, but the side of a square arpent came to be used for linear description.
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